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Topic: ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS (don't write about the song) (05/14/15)
- TITLE: Hope for Our Future
By Cindy Duncan
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Mornings have never been my favorite time of day, to say the least, but morning devotions at the small Christian school where I taught for eleven years are an exception to that rule. The school is nothing fancy, and when I say small, I’m probably being overly generous. The more appropriate adjective would be tiny, as the average graduating class size is three or four students. But there is a sweet spirit there, and when you walk in, you tend to leave the cares of the world outside the doors. It’s a place where God is training an army, and even though that army may seem inferior in size to Satan’s, we know that God can use small things to overcome great obstacles. Every morning before classes start, the students gather together and recite Bible verses, share prayer requests, and have a short devotion. The verses are from a list which the principal of the school compiles every year, and it is never a short list. Unlike the verses given to them in Bible class, memorizing this list is not required, but students who do memorize them by the end of the school year receive a trophy. On the last day of the year, during the awards ceremony, the students recite these morning verses together from memory. This is one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve ever heard, and it gives me hope for our future.
As some of these students graduate this week, they will carry with them thirteen years of verses memorized. These verses will be a sword in their arsenal that they’ll need to be victorious in this world, for they will be soldiers in a spiritual war, which will require spiritual weapons. The world hears the word sword, and thinks violence, but even though the sword of God’s Word does cut the heart, it heals it at the same time. These young soldiers are the next generation of leaders, and the only hope for our increasingly secular country. They will be entering an environment where their faith will often be questioned and mocked, but as I listen to them recite these verses that are now ingrained in their hearts, I am encouraged. I am confident that they are well equipped to do their part in defeating the enemy, and I have renewed hope in the future of our great country. As they walk across the stage to receive their hard earned diplomas, I cannot help but to think to myself, “Onward Christian Soldiers!”
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